The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"There's no disappointment at all. I felt good because it's a good game. Unfortunately, I give up the single but I still feel good about the start."
-- Arizona starter Yusmiero Petit on losing a no-hitter during his shutout victory over the Pirates.
Nationals 6, Marlins 4
OK, seriously, who's hiding the Natinals? This team that's out on the field right now, complete with clutch late-hitting and an ability to grind out quality at-bats against a top-level ace for an opponent. And the winning hit came off the bat of none other than Adam Dunn, the slugging outfielder who hasn't seemed put off by a sudden surge of playing time at first base. Add to that three sterling innings of relief from Tyler Clippard -- yes, that said three sterling innings of relief -- and the Nationals have actually identified a winning formula. It's only working against the likes of the Padres, Pirates and Marlins so far, but that doesn't mean the team isn't on the verge of turning the corner.
Rockies 8, Phillies 3
Dare we say that Philadelphia may be pulling a miniature Mets move at the moment? Just when a third-straight NL East title looked all sewn up for Philadelphia, the Phillies have begun to show cracks throughout the team's lineup and rotation, fresh off what should have been an inspiring pre-trade deadline acquisition of Cleveland ace Cliff Lee. On Tuesday, Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins produced more offense than the entire Philadelphia lineup put together, cranking out four RBI and a homer to back Jason Hammel, who earned his sixth win of the season for the surging Rockies. Will Colorado keep putting pressure on the Wild Card race? Only time well tell, but the Rockies sure do look convincing right now.
Cardinals 12, Mets 7
Only one team, the Mets or Cardinals, was going to right itself from an elongated skid. On Tuesday, that precious opportunity was dragged into extra innings, where St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols grabbed the opportunity by the horns, launching a grand slam in the top of the 10th, snapping out of a personal slump and giving St. Louis a key road win with a bang. The win obscured a shaky outing by St. Louis starter Joel Pineiro, but also kept the Mets from winning a Johan Santana start, a currency which the Mets have in such short supply for the remainder of the season.
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